How to View Hidden Photos on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Do you suspect that there are hidden photos on your Mac, but you’re not sure how to find them? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this tutorial, we will show you how to view hidden photos on your Mac using a few simple steps.

Step 1: Open Finder

To begin, open the Finder application on your Mac. You can do this by clicking on the Finder icon located in the Dock or by pressing Command+Space and typing “Finder” in the Spotlight search bar.

Step 2: Go to the Pictures Folder

Once Finder is open, navigate to the “Pictures” folder. You can usually find this folder in the sidebar of the Finder window.

If it’s not there, click on “Go” in the menu bar at the top of the screen, then select “Pictures. “

Step 3: Show Hidden Files

By default, macOS hides certain files and folders to prevent accidental deletion or modification. To view hidden files and folders, press Command+Shift+Period (.)

in the Finder window. This keyboard shortcut toggles the visibility of hidden files.

Step 4: Locate Hidden Photos

With hidden files and folders now visible, look for any folders or files with names that start with a period (.) or are grayed out. These are typically indicators that they are hidden.

  • Bold Text: Pay special attention to any folder names that stand out.
  • Underlined Text: Hidden photos might also be stored within nested folders.


If you have a specific folder where you suspect hidden photos might be located, navigate to that folder directly instead of searching through the entire “Pictures” folder.

Step 5: Open Hidden Photos

Once you’ve found a hidden photo or folder, simply double-click on it to open it. If the file is an image, it will open in the default image viewer on your Mac.


  • Bold Text: You can use the arrow keys to navigate through multiple photos within a folder.
  • Underlined Text: If you want to reveal hidden files and folders again, press Command+Shift+Period (.) once more.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to view hidden photos on your Mac. Now you can easily locate and access any hidden memories that were previously out of sight.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful to you. Happy exploring!

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